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Drive It. Last NC Road Closed Because of Hurricane Florence Reopens

Zion Church Road in Wayne County is the final road to reopen that was closed because of Florence damage.

WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. — Six months after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, transportation officials have reopened the last road in the state closed by the storm. 

Zion Church Road is a two-lane stretch east of Mount Olive in Wayne County. Today, workers inspected the new bridge and adjusted its new guardrail.

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Zion Church Road in Wayne County, NC is last road to reopen after being damaged by Hurricane Florence in 2018.

Drone video of I-40 uderwater from Hurricane Florence

In total, there were 2,500 road closure sites, some in multiple locations on the same road. Some roads closed several times in the same spot as floodwaters rose, receded, and rose again. 

Credit: NCDOT
Zion Church Road in Wayne Co., NC reopens after a culvert destroyed by Hurricane Florence was replaced.

Hurricane Florence dropped an estimated 8 trillion gallons of rain on North Carolina in mid-September, causing catastrophic damage to many parts of the state, including its roadway system. 

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